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Words of the Parashah - V'zot Haberakhah

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The Hebrew word of the week is barakh (to kneel, bless, praise), which appears both as a verb and as a noun as in the first verse of Parashat V'zot Haberakhah:

Deut 33:1 (BHS)

This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God
blessed the people of Israel before his death. (Deut 33:1)

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From the root barakh are derived other words, such as barukh (blessed), berekh (knee), b'rakha (blessing), thus implying an association between humbling ourselves (i.e., kneeling before the LORD in submission and obedience) and receiving personal blessing from Him.

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Scripture Passages:

Gen 14:19-20 (BHS)

Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;
and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand
- Malki-Tzedek (Gen 14:19-20)

Genesis 12:3 (BHS) Transliterated

I will bless them who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse,
and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. (Gen. 12:3)

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